Language of Baklava

ISBN-10: 1400077761

ISBN-13: 9781400077762

Edition: N/A

Authors: Diana Abu-Jaber

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Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father with tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents in the desert. These sensuously evoked repasts, complete with recipes, in turn illuminate the two cultures of Diana's childhood–American and Jordanian–while helping to paint a loving and complex portrait of her impractical, displaced immigrant father who, like many an immigrant before him, cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection on to his children. The Language of Baklava irresistably invites us to sit down at the table with Diana’s family, sharing unforgettable meals that turn out to be as much about “grace, difference, faith, love” as they are about food.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of Origin, Crescent, Arabian Jazz, and The Language of Baklava. Her writing has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Ms., Salon, Vogue, Gourmet, the New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

Foreword
Raising an Arab Father in America
"Eat It Now" Shish Kabob
Peaceful Vegetarian Lentil Soup
Hot Lunch
Nostalgic Chicken Livers
Bud's Special Rice for Special Company
Native Foods
Comforting Grilled Velveeta Sandwiches
"Forget Me Not" Sambusik Cookies
Amazing Arabic Ice Cream
Sentimental Hot Chocolate
Bedouin Mensaf Leben
A House and a Yard
"Distract the Neighbors" Grilled Chicken
Mrs. Manarelli's Civilized Panna Cotta
Madama Butterfly
The Tenderest Angel Food Cake
Gram's Easy Roast Beef
Mixed Grill in the Snow
Barbaric Lamb Kofta
Mad Genius Knaffea
Magloubeh and the Great Diplomat
"Start the Party" Hummus
Diplomatic Magloubeh
Country Life
Lost Childhood Pita Bread
Subsistence Tabbouleh
Runaway
"Lounging with the Ladies" Grasshoppers
Magical Muhammara
Stories, Stories
Bud's Royal Mjeddrah
Immigrants' Kids
"In Honor of Mr. Basilovich" Cabbage Rolls
Restaurant of Our Dreams
Very Fried Falafels
Perfectly Tender Bamia
The Language of Baklava
Shaking Tea Infusion (Modern Version)
Mona Lisa Cream Puffs
Poetic Baklava
Bad American Girl
Cowboy Kibbeh
Food and Art
Improvisation Sandwiches
A Perfect Glass of Araq
"Stolen Boyfriend" Baba Ghanouj
Candy and Lebeneh
Homecoming Fatteh
A New World
"Invite the Audience" Tomato Chicken Mensaf
The Best Cook in the Family
Chicken Msukhan for Richer or Poorer
Innuendo Squash
House of Crying
Spinach-Stuffed Fetayer for Those in Search of Home
Once upon a Time
Fattoush: Bread Salad
The Uncles' Favorite Mezza Platter
Garlic-Stuffed Roasted Luxurious Leg of Lamb
Just a Taste
Fatherly Fried Eggs
Beyond the Land of Duty-Free
Mo Kadeem's Roasted Fish in Tahini Sauce
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Ful for Love
The First Meal
Acknowledgments
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